With Park City School District’s summer classes, school is still in session
June 16, 2015
The hallways of Park City’s schools may be empty, and many students have left town for their summer adventures.
But that doesn’t mean school isn’t still in session for some. The Park City School District is offering a variety of courses this summer for both children and adults.
Judy Tukuafu, director of community education for the district, said some of the most popular classes for children are math courses geared for students entering grades four through nine. The courses begin in August and review last year’s concepts while previewing those of the upcoming year.
"I think it can help students a lot," Tukuafu said. "A lot of students were maybe a little iffy when they left their last grade or as soon as school was out they put what they learned on delete. It helps them get their thinking back together."
A writing class called Ready, Set, Write allows students to hone their skills while exploring interesting topics.
"Writing is such a key skill for secondary school," Tukuafu said. "And this is a fun class. They might write about, for example, should parents have access to their phone. They try to write about topics kids would have interest in."
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There are also classes for French and Spanish dual-language immersion students. One of the courses is a Spanish cooking class taught using only that language.
"They create their menu in Spanish, speak in Spanish and use foods from Central America, South America and Spain," Tukuafu said.
Tukuafu said this summer’s offerings for adults include a high school completion course, a Spanish-language GED class and an ESL class.
Tukuafu encouraged those interested to sign up quickly. The ESL course, which has beginner and intermediate options and is held twice a week at the Park City Learning Center, started Monday but there is still time to join this week.
The class runs through July, and she said students can make large strides in that time if they are committed.
"It just really depends on the students," she said. "It’s a bit like saying how good can you learn to ski in two months. It depends on whether you’re doing it outside of class, working hard at it or is class the only time you’re ever working on it?"
The district also offers online classes for adults, dubbed ed2go, that cover a range of topics, such as technical writing and web design. The classes run six weeks and, while structured, let students go at their own pace more than a traditional classroom setting allows.
"A lot of people want to learn but they can’t really come to a specific time and place," Tukuafu said. "This is nice because they can get the topic they want and do it from their computer."
But no matter what classes people are interested in, Tukuafu has one piece of advice: go ahead and dive in.
"They do sometimes fill up," Tukuafu said. "If people are really thinking about taking a class, they should just go ahead and sign up. People who have to get put on the waiting list aren’t happy."
For a complete list of available classes and their dates, visit pcschools.us under the "Community" tab.
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